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Auction 182, Lot 603

"Novissima & Exactissima Totius Regni Neapolis Tabula Praesentis Belli Statui Accommodata et Exhibita", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Southern Italy

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 22.1 inches
48.5 x 56.1 cm
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This handsome map of southern Italy is a fine example of Homann's cartographic style with incredible detail throughout the countryside and large graphic cartouches. Locates hundreds of villages and many cities, included fortified ones. The title cartouche features a ferocious sea monster about to devour a stranded maiden with a knight riding Pegasus across the sky to her salvation. The distance scale features a scene showing Mount Vesuvius erupting, putti, and the royal coat of arms of the Kingdom of Naples.


Condition: A

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with a large elephant watermark, contemporary outline color in the map and later color in the cartouches. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet and a 2" tear at top right that has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 4/28/2021